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Born: Dec 21, 1932

Date of Passing: Dec 08, 2020

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(née DUNN)
December 21, 1932 – December 8, 2020

Passed away peacefully on December 8, 2020, at the age of 87, following a brief illness.
Survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Don, children, John (Alice), Mary Brogan (Wayne), Clare, William (Joanne) and David (Sherry). Also survived by grandchildren, Robert, Peter (Laura), Donald, Leah, Louise and Bridget, and great-grandchildren, Annabel, Luke and May.
Mom was born in Almonte, Ontario in a family of 13 children of Dr. John and Mayme (Moynihan) Dunn. She is survived by three of her sisters: Eleanor Cavanagh of Ottawa, Margaret Coady of Arnprior and Elizabeth Hart of Sturgeon Falls.
Mom met Dad at St. Michael's College in Toronto (where she was the Gold Medallist of her graduating class), and they bonded over their mutual intellectual pursuits. Mom went on to obtain a Master's degree in philosophy then, while raising five kids, went back to school to earn a Ph.D. in history. Her specialties were the history of the native peoples of Manitoba, as well as Catholic missionary work in Western Canada. Mom published several books in these fields, and became a noted expert, being called as an expert witness in litigation concerning residential schools. Her academic interest led Mom to many years of volunteer involvement with Rossbrook House and the Sisters of Sion.
First in Toronto, then in Boston, and finally after moving to Winnipeg in 1962, Martha and Don built a happy life around family, reading and travel. Together, they visited most of Europe, and Mom was even able to spend a year in Israel working with the Sisters of Sion.
The family would like to thank the staff at Riverview Health Centre for the wonderful care they took of Mom during the past year and a half.
Funeral Mass and interment have taken place.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 12, 2020

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • My deepest condolences Don and family. I meet Martha so many years ago at St. Ignatius. She brought kindness, and warmth. I also have deep respect for her knowledge and outreach. May the angels guide you home Martha Comfort to all of Martha‚Äôs loved ones - Posted by: Carol Lawrence (Fellow parishioner) on: Dec 13, 2020

  • It is with a loving and grateful remembrance that I thank Martha and Don for their kindness to me many years ago. Both are remembered and respected for their brilliant minds and many contributions to my academic and religious growth. Martha will always be remembered by me for her generous gift given me one afternoon after a lovely lunch. For over 35 years it has had a place of honour in my China cabinet and always reminds me that kindness and compassion are the marks of a true Christian. Go into the hands of the Lord, Martha. Thank you for all. - Posted by: Lucille (Sevigny Nielsen ) Bisignano (Student, friend, acquaintance) on: Dec 12, 2020

  • A wonderful woman with a kind and gentle heart. My sincere condolences to all the family. RIP. Rosemary Craig Shariff. - Posted by: Rosemary Craig Shariff (Fellow Parishioner) on: Dec 12, 2020

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